- Thu May 22, 2014 7:36 am
I've stayed out of this one, but I'm feeling weak right now. don't think anyone who had met clyde would disagree that he has some confidence issues. You've done a good job socializing him and exposing him to differnet scenarios- as far as that goes, but obedience- not candy treat crap, or dominance BS- will put some confidence in a dog quickly. Collar Condition that dog. Get a good collar, lime dogtra or Tritronics- sportdog will fail you and your dog miserably. let clyde wear the collar for about 4-8 hours a day fro a couple weeks and then one day while you are sittign and sipping a beer onthe bank, get out the transmitter, and while clyde is just sitting around distracted and being a dog, givre him a really really low nick, continue to elevate the stimulation until you get a response, this will be a blink or maybe an earflick or just a head tilt- but it will be there. that's you workin glevel, or possibbly one high. carry on with your day. the next day, in the yard, or other known and comfortable place, go chill for a litttle while, engage with him, get him a little cheerful, but not crazy, then tell him to sit, while applyin gcontimous pressure with the collar, if he needs help- help him sit his ass down, and as soonas its on the ground stop with the button while saying good dog good dog... then say OK let him up from the sit and go walk around and do some stuff, then another sit, with continous pressure. then walk around, then a freebie sit. the idea you are getting across while working with a level of pressure that is "distracting" is that A) too turn off pressure- comply and B) you can beat the pressure with quick compliance. you will work on sit, heel and kennel in this fashion, resulting in a well pressure conditioned dog. so that is an oerview, but no where near complete enough for you to work from.This step is pretty crucial- but isn't the end all- though just in that process you are going to get really happy with your dog. after the conditioning process you will typically be working with a nick when needing a correction. by establishing a standard of behavior with obediance training CLyde will develop a ton of confidence- because he will KNOW what is expected of him, and not be out there "guessing." Treats typically won't do much for you in that area, becasue there is no standard set- the dog essentially doesn't ever learn what isn't desireable- but does learn that it can pester you in a variety of ways, which will get you to treat him. Addtionally since there isn't any good solid standard, the dog tries all manner of new ways to test you to see what gets a treat- this kind of ambiguity doesn't do much for confidence. TReats are too impossible to time well to link them to a desired behavior. "good dog" is always there at the right moment, as is "no" with or without a nick. none of this is shit I am guessing about or was told by someone to try. I don't think there are many guys on the board with a dog that they trained that is as competitive as pepper- or practical in the field... I know you aren't looking to make a hunting dog- but everything I do from a training standpoint is designed to build drive confidence and responsiveness.
this may be worth a phone call or not as you decide.
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